North America: Organic farming to soar in 2013
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Organic farming is expected to increase revenue by 12.5 per cent to reach $617 million this year, having grown at a compound annual rate of 10 per cent since 2008.
Mr Shulman said the industry is quite niche so the large increase can be partially attributed to the fact it is growing from a low base.
"But that scope for growth is coming from a growing demand for organic produce, with people's incomes rising over the past few years and consumers looking to shop more ethically and sustainably," he said.
"People are willing to spend that's extra dollar or so on a purchase they're more morally comfortable with."
The organic farming is gaining a nice foothold in America and are doing okay business-wise.
The Organic Production Survery conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows the amount of farmland dedicated to organic crops and livestock is still really small but growing fast.
It survey is the first widescale survey so there's not a lot to compare it to. But there are some telling numbers.
The survery said there are 14,540 farms that were USDA certified organic or exempt from certification because sales are less than $5,000 -- including 129 in Maryland. The number has doubled at least twice since 1990.
They farm 4.1 million acres of land in all 50 states, though California is home to 20 percent of the farms. That's up from about 1 million acres in 1990. (It's still only about a percent of all farmed crop and pasture land.)
In 2008, sales of organic products nationwide totaled $3.16 billion. Some $1.94 billion was spent on crops and $1.22 billion on livestock, poultry and their products.
Organic farms took in more in sales than conventional farms: An average of $217,675 verses a $134,807 average for all farms. But they also spent more on production: $171,978 on organic farms, compared with an average $109,359 on all farms.
Organic farming is largely local with about 44 percent of sales were made within 100 miles from the farm. Though, just 7 percent were direct to consumers at farmers' markets and other means. The rest went to wholesalers and retailers.
What about the future? More than 78 percent of the farms say they plan to keep up the organic farming and even increase production in coming years.
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South America: Organic farming to soar in 2013
As staying fit and leading a healthy life has become the objective of humans today, different food sources are being taken into use so that it is easy for a person to maintain their health. Organic farming is getting intense with time as more people are getting cautious about their health. South America is taking a toll in organic farming with augment of technology. There are new products available in the market, which is helping the farmers of South America in preventing pests from harming the organic farms. As organic farmers in South America faced the problems of pests, LED powered pest control devised is now being taken into use for keeping the farms free from pests.
With advancement of technology, a new device has been created which will be solving the farming issues faced by the farmers. The LED powered device, which has been created by a Korean company with collaboration with the American government and research and development companies, will be solving the problem of organic farmers in South America who give their best to harvest some of the best organic crops. The companies which were involved in manufacturing this wonderful gadget stated that, it is one of the best technological wonders that would help the farmers in getting rid of insects and pests in a hassle free manner that destroy the hard work of the farmers.
How this new technology works
The working of these LED powered devices for pest control is easy and can be operated in a hassle free manner. Once this device is switched on, tunic wave lengths are emitted which repels the insects and pests. The sound, which is, erupts from the device puts a hindrance between the breeding patterns of the pests and insects. Another major feature that can be taken into use is that, it can be put into different color modes that will inhibit molds and restrain the use of pesticides, which affects the crops in various ways.
Another feature of this wonderful LED pest control device is that, it can be put up at any place of your choice to repel the insects and pests with ease. The makers of this device stated that, the LED lights that are being taken into use for making this device is more powerful than the incandescent lamps. In addition, they also stated that, farmers would be able to save on their electricity bills as well when they start using this wonderful gadget for pest control. The power of the LED lights can be controlled with ease depending on the situation and type of insects and pests, which you want to control.
The outcome of this wonderful device
Farmers in South America are happy and delighted to have this device, as now they will be able to save their harvest with ease. On contacting some of the farmers who used this wonderful LED powered device for pest control, they stated that, it is one of the best devices, which has been designed for keeping the pests and insects away from the crops. Offered at affordable rates, farmers of South America are taking use of this new technological wonder to ward off the insects and pests from their organic crops.
The expert opinion
Organic farming in South America has seen drastic changes with use of the pest control devices. As organic farming is promoted in South America, it has even proved beneficial for environmentalists and food suppliers involved in supplying organic food. In addition, the government is also taking into use different measures and steps to promote organic farming in South America so that people have the easy accesses to a healthy and fit life with use of organic food.
Australia: Organic farming to soar in 2013
by Dr John Paull
Of the five proposed high fliers, organic farming is forecast to grow slower than oil and gas production (15.9%), but faster than the other three high fliers: online education (10.5% growth), online shopping (9.1%) and apartment and townhouse construction (9.0%).
Karen Dobie, General Manager of IBISWorld (Australia), said that “Consumers are becoming increasingly eco and health conscious. This means they are more willing to pay a premium price to prevent environmental degradation caused by conventional farming methods and to ensure the products they consume are free from added chemicals and hormones”.
Food retailing is dominated in Australia by two supermarket chains which are both actively increasing their organic offering. Dobie stated that “Major retailers, such as Coles and Woolworths, continue to respond to this trend, increasing the convenience in which these foods are purchased”.
Australian incomes are predicted to rise by 3.4% in 2013, and Dobie sees this as an important factor driving up demand for organic products: “As Australian incomes rise, we are seeing consumers move away from conventionally farmed produce towards natural, chemical-free and hormone-free counterparts.”
The IBISWorld 2012 report on Organic Farming in Australia had already identified organic agriculture as “a blossoming industry” and proposed that "the industry will continue to grow strongly over the next five years” and predicting revenues to rise 10.3% per annum over that period.
Best Business To Start In 2013 : Organic Farming
Leahy calls fumigants his “biggest challenge.” On the panel he pointed to a half-million-dollar, three-year research project he’s commissioned to try out growing the berries in alternative mediums (think coconut fiber) as a way to control pests, and other efforts to engage scientists and universities in the challenge. But Leahy also acknowledged the fact that alternative methods still add significant costs for growers. “It’s cheaper for farmers to apply fumigants than it is for them to get their soil tested to understand what’s wrong and how to manage it,” he said.
In the debate over pesticide use, conventional farmers often overestimate their dependence on such chemicals. Panelist Richard Rominger, the current senior agriculture advisor to California Governor Jerry Brown, put it best when recalling the phasing out of another fumigant that was commonly used in vineyards during the 1980s. “Farmers said, if we took it off the market, the industry would die. But we took it off the market and the industry survived.”